Finally I took the time and embarked on the much awaited trip to the nations capital.the last three time I have planned this trip, all plans fell through at the last minute. Some of them were the cases of human errors others the man makes plans god laughs kind. Last time though I didn’t plan it much in advance and just the took on a whim and I had an ulterior motive to test my new hybrid diamondback bike on DC roads and the national mall.

so after work on a Friday evening I packed my car with camera gear and my bike and was on my way right into a rainstorm. The trip was pretty uneventful and I reached on time at the hotel and the next day I was ready for DC with my camera backpack on my back along with my tripod. I thought I was well prepared but boy was I wrong first of all biking with a heavy backpack is not a good idea on a hot humid day, and the tripod was moving around so much that it was driving me nuts.

But the trip biking around DC was a much better than walking around as it made possible to cover most of the monuments and building which are spread across the huge National Mall area. Also it gave a solid idea about much of the stuff you need for biking around with your camera gear. The most important thing you will need is a bike rack and a bungee net to secure camera bag to your bike and you want break lights and headlights for better visibility as they are single most important safety features that you need. I also bought a nice iPhone holder for routes and invested in a nice heavy duty U-lock. Please check the Flickr link for more pictures from the trip…

This is the Annisquam Light which is located at Gloucester, MA. As you will probably guess from my Flickr photo stream I have a fascination for lighthouses and being in New England which has so many picturesque and historic it was just inevitable that I will end up hunting for them.

This is one of my favorite locations but getting here is a pain as there are no parking available and the house attached to the lighthouse is private property. But if you hang in there you will be rewarded with a beautiful location with viewpoints from both east and west.

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The amazing Lower Purgatory Falls is a medium sized short trek waterfall located in Southern NH. This particular falls has been elusive as there are precious little information about it and my previous attempt to trek the entire trail was thwarted by some determined mosquitoes. Today I was better prepared and the falls are a short walk from the lower falls parking lot. The water level was quite healthy due to the recent rains and hence the amount of mosquitoes were significantly less.

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In the good old days when I started taking pictures, basic photography had three important components which in turn controlled the three major aspects of controlling light. Firstly Camera itself, the instrument was very important and gave the user key control over many aspects of photography but the most important of them were Shutter Speed which basically let the user decide how much time the shutter remained open exposing the film in the camera to light the speed ranged from 1/8000 of a second to hours depending on your camera. The faster shutter speeds were used to freeze motion (as in sports) and slower shutter speeds were used to blur motion (as in waterfalls).

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Of all the art forms out there, I sometimes feel photography is the most misunderstood one as its used by both artist and tech geeks alike and it’s often easy to forget that a camera is just a tool like a painter’s brush thats used to create the desired art by a photographer. I started on photography on an old Pentax SLR my dad handed me, it was a battered and bruised hand me down from his days of owning his own photo studio. I was around six or seven when I got it and he gave it to me hoping that I would latch on to it for the entire summer vacation and won’t bother my mom and eventually him. Well it worked, the small little Pentax along with a 50mm lens captivated me and I wasted a lot of my Dad’s film and money in learning a lot about the camera settings and how to take a half decent picture. For a boy who grew up in India photography was an expensive hobby and I lost touch with it in my college days.

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